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Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
Author Matt Wedel

Today sees the publication of a special issue of Acta Palaeontologica Polonica in honor of my mentor, Rich Cifelli, who took me under his wing when I was in high school and advised me in my undergraduate and Master’s thesis research. Fellow Cifelli lab alums and guest editors Brian Davis and Brooke Haiar and I were fortunate to get a great set of papers from Rich’s friends and colleagues around the globe.

Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
Author Matt Wedel

On today’s episode of the I Know Dino postcast, Garret interviews Brian and me about our new Brachiosaurus bones and how we got them out of the field. You should listen to the whole thing, but we’re on from 10:10 to 48:15. Here’s the link, go have fun. Many thanks to the I Know Dino crew for their interest, and to Garret for being such a patient and accommodating host.

Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
Author Matt Wedel

If you’re thinking that it’s about time to look at some sauropod vertebrae from the Salt Wash member of the Morrison Formation, well, you’re gol-durned right, pardner. Let’s ride. Here’s a vertebra sticking out of the rock. For once it’s not in cross-section. We’re simply looking at the posterior surface of a dorsal vertebra and bits of its associated ribs.

Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
Author Matt Wedel

It’s been a bit since my last update. That’s how things go on the road. We got in some time for exploration and a little prospecting. We also had to close the quarry. Anne Weil, whose dig London and I were out there to assist on, brought a speaker on the last day and played us out with a hydration song while we shut everything down for another year.

Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
Author Matt Wedel

Clouds over Black Mesa. Baby spadefoot toad, with my index finger for scale. Someone was here before us. Even though Black Mesa is best known for its Morrison exposures and giant Jurassic dinosaurs, there are Triassic rocks here, too, which have produced both body fossils and tracks, including these. Seen but not photographed today: a group of pronghorn by the side of the road, with two babies;

Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
Author Mike Taylor

As Matt recently noted, we both have a ton of photos from various expeditions that we’ve never got around to posting — not to mention a ton of specimens that we’ve seen but never got around to working on. Here is one of the most exciting: As you can see, this is a massive cervical vertebra from a sauropod, probably a brachiosaurid, eroding right out of the ground.